Comet is a radio-linked remote-stop or flight termination system with digital, pyrotechnic, CAN-FD, serial, and Ethernet outputs. Designed to ensure no single failure shall cause termination, Comet comes with dual redundant processing and redundant termination circuits. Both the Comet Vehicle and Operator units come with dual Ethernet or dual CAN-FD telemetry links which can be used as a soft source of termination information and source of system diagnostics.
In the standard configuration, a single Vehicle unit supports up to two Operator units in line-of-sight operation. Mesh and repeater options allow beyond-line-of-sight operation and range extension. Protocol extensions allow up to eight Operator units.
A socketed radio solution allows Comet to support many popular bands from 400 MHz to 2.4 GHz and transmit power of up to 4 Watts. Licensed and unlicensed variants are available depending on the country of operation.
The Comet Vehicle unit has two termination outputs which can be independently configured for positive-logic digital or pyrotechnic ignition function. Termination voting can happen internally or externally, and the output can optionally be latched and held-up for a short period of time.
The Comet Operator unit comes standard with an 8-hour battery, neck lanyard, daylight visible LEDs and a loud buzzer; allowing range safety officers to operate from any location. A rubber duck antenna and neck lanyard is provided as standard, but the unit is also capable of fix location operation via the EN-4165 connector, which can also provide telemetry.
Microhard Pico Series
Time shared between processors, independent signing keys
Dual Independent STMicro STM32H7
400MHz ARM Cortex M-7 with Double Precision Floating Point Unit
2MB Internal Flash
1MB Internal RAM
Each termination lane has independent Arm, Terminate, and Safe logic assemblies. This structure allows each lane to vote with logical AND, OR, or be lane independent.
External to System
Dual 10/100 Ethernet
Single 10/100 Ethernet
Optional UART connection between processor lanes for more complex voting and status sharing algorithms.
|Band||TX Power (W)||Sensitivity (dBm)||Range (km)|
Range is an estimate and assumes clear line of sight, uniform radiation patterns, 1km receiver altitude, 20dB link margin, and default link rates, bandwidths, and error correction. Real world performance depends on many additional factors.
Vehicle Unit: 375g
Length: 5.9 inches
Width: 4.4 inches
Height: 1.6 inches
Modified Hammond 1590BB
Modified Hammond 1590KK
4x countersunk chamfered slots
1x counter sunk electrical bonding stud
Custom base plates for mounting and electrical bonding are possible.
18 to 30V (nominal)
DO-160G §16.6 Category B
25.2V maximum charge voltage
5W typical, unterminated
Meets DO-160G §16.7.5, Inrush
Both types of Comet unit have dual power inputs, internally ORd together with ideal diodes and clamped. This is a common power input feeling a set of shared holdup capacitors and regulators.
Termination power can either be jumped directly to the ORd input rail without clamping and holdup, or after the clamp with holdup.
Comet FTS was subjected to formal environmental qualification testing. For more information, please contact allocortech.
DO-160G §4.5 Category B2
DO-160G §5 Category B
DO-160G §4.5, with minimum temperature of -20°C and maximum of 60°C due to internal battery.
DO-160G §5, with restricted temperature range as above.
Vehicle Unit: DO-160G §8 Category R/Fixed-Wing
Vehicle Unit: DO-160G §7.2 Category A
Vehicle Unit: DO-160G §4.6.1 Category B2 (-5k to 25k ft MSL)
Operator Unit: DO-160G §4.6.1 Category B2 (-5k to 8k ft MSL)
Vehicle Unit: DO-160G §19.3.3 and §19.3.4 Category CW
Operator Unit: Operating survival of 7 foot drop onto any corner and any face
JTAG and ST SWI
Internal JTAG Header, RS-232 ST Bootloader, allocortech bootloader over CAN, RS-232, or Ethernet
allocortech has many supported custom configurations of the Comet that can be created upon request. The base part numbers are listed here:
- 100-0050-001 —
COMET FTS Vehicle Unit (Air) ERHHSSLLDD900
- 100-0050-002 —
COMET FTS Vehicle Unit (Air) CPHHVVTTDD900
- 100-0050-003 —
COMET FTS Vehicle Unit (Air) EPHHSSLLDD900
- 100-0051-001 —
COMET FTS Operator Unit